January 9, 2023


At Garrisonville, we like to recognize students & staff who have gone above and beyond by presenting them with a Silver Gotcha. Any staff member is able to nominate a Gator for a Silver Gotcha if they feel that they have done something that exemplifies our Gator Motto.

G | Going the extra mile

A | Always encouraging.

T | Totally cooperative.

O | Outstanding attitude.

R | Respectful & responsible.

Our recent Silver Gotcha recipients are:

Annabel C.- 4th Gator

Breanna S. - 5th Gator

Jane M. - 3rd Gator

ASE Instructor Registration

Registration is open for instructors for our Spring After School Enrichment program! If you are interested in teaching a course, click here for more information and to register. Registration for instructors closes on Thursday, January 12th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Amanda Leonard ( or Erin Altschuler (

Student registration will open at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 18th.

Cafeteria Updates

The cafeteria will begin selling ice cream on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Cookies will be available for purchase on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost per ice cream or cookie will be $1.00 and will be available to all grades. The flavors will vary by day and availability. Chips and other snacks will also be available to Kindergarten and First Grade.

Mid Year Screening Assessments

Our Gators will be taking a few different county/state issued screening assessments over the next few weeks. These screening assessments are to give us information on growth and are used to help us determine how to best provide instruction. The mid year screening assessments look at the areas of literacy and math. Families will be provided with reports once assessments are completed but please know that it takes a bit of time for us to run all of the information to get it home to you.

In Kindergarten, students are assessed in literacy using the PALS and in math using the AMC.

In 1st grade, students are assessed in literacy using the PALS and in math using the AMC.

In 2nd grade, students are assessed in literacy using the PALS and in literacy and math using the MAP.

In 3rd grade, students are assessed in literacy using the PALS and in literacy and math using the MAP and VA Growth Assessment.

In 4th grade, students are assessed in literacy and math using the MAP and VA Growth Assessment.

In 5th grade, students are assessed in literacy and math using the MAP and VA Growth Assessment.

All of these assessments allow us to determine how to best provide instruction including enrichment and intervention for our Gators. It also allows us to see where our Gators are compared to the beginning of the year and allows us to compare to Spring 2023 scores to ensure growth. There is no studying to be done or anything needed to "prep for" these assessments.

If you have any questions about these assessments, please reach out to your classroom teacher or our Reading and Math Specialists.

Links with more information:




VA Growth Assessment -



Join us for our January PTO Meeting on Monday, January 9th at 6pm in the GES Library! Free childcare will be provided in the gym! We will be discussing our Family Sweethearts Dance and Bingo! Not able to make it in person? Use the link below to join our Google Meet.

We can't wait to see you there!

Panera Spirit Night - TUESDAY, JAN 10!

Help us raise some dough! Support GES by ordering Panera on Tuesday, January 10th between 4 - 8 PM! Panera will donate 20% back to our school! You can participate by ordering at the cafe or online for Rapid Pick-Up®, Curbside, and Delivery* using the promo code FUND4U at checkout. If you order inside the cafe, just show our flyer to the cashier when you checkout. Flyers will go home on Monday!

***A printed flyer or an electronic version of the flyer on a mobile phone or tablet must be presented when ordering in the cafe for GES to receive credit for your order.***

Thank you so much for your support!

Zibbibo Pizza Kits Family Activity

Back by popular demand, our Valentines Zibibbo pizza kits!

Kits will be for sale as pre-orders only, for $11 each, on our website, beginning Tuesday, January 17th. Orders will close at 5pm on Friday, January 27th.

Each kit includes:
• 1 pizza dough (for ~12” pizza)
• tomato sauce
• mozzarella
• choice of 2 toppings - toppings include: pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, artichokes, basil, black olives, gorgonzola

Pizza kits must be picked up at Zibibbo Trattoria on Rt. 1 Monday, February 13th between 4-7pm.
*Please note that kits will NOT be delivered and must be picked up at the restaurant on the date and time noted above. We are not able to provide refunds for kits not picked up during this time.

PTO will receive $2 back for every kit purchased.

We hope that this activity will help make your Valentine's Day a little sweeter!

GES Counselors

The counseling department would like to introduce Ms. Gwen Williams to our Gator community! Ms. Williams is joining us as a part-time counselor, and will be at GES on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday. Ms. Williams will be assisting our full-time counselors across all grade levels. We are very excited to have her join the Gator family!

"Hello and thank you for having me as your new counselor at Garrisonville Elementary. I am a recent graduate of Norfolk State University with a Master’s Degree in Urban Education with a specialization in school counseling. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s in Social Work. My background and experience extends over 20 years. My motto is: “Good, better, best: never let it rest; until your good becomes your better, and your better becomes your best!”

Community Resource Spotlight: Central Rappahannock Regional Library

  • Our yearly Kindergarten Library Card Campaign is a grand opportunity to introduce your child to the library. For a limited time, we're offering each kindergartener who visits one of our branches a free book - and we encourage them to get their very own library cards to begin their reading adventures!”

  • We have some special programs in our branches and online this month. Sensory Time returns to Howell Branch, an opportunity for youth with developmental challenges to enjoy songs, stories, and activities. On 1/14, adults can come to Fredericksburg Branch for our Mental and Brain Health Workshop to develop a greater understanding of anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. Adults and teens with disabilities can spend “Time with a Therapy Dog,” either online or in person. Younger students can join the pups to practice their reading at “Paws for Reading” sessions, also online or in person.

  • HelpNow: Live Online Tutoring for All Ages

Report Cards

Quarter 2 Reports Cards will be available via ParentVue on January 11, 2023. Paper copies will not be sent home unless requested. Please send a request for a paper copy to your Gator's teacher. For ParentVUE, if you need an activation code or can't remember your password for ParentVue, please email: or call the office: 540-658-6260 and we will be happy to assist!

Practice Lockdown Drill this Week

Garrisonville Elementary School will be conducting a lockdown drill later this week. This is just a practice drill so all students and staff know what to do in an emergency situation.


Please check student folders daily for student work and teachers notes but especially on Mondays for any school wide flyers.

Important Dates

1/09- PTO Meeting 6PM

1/10- Panera Spirit Night 4PM-8PM

1/11 - Quarter 2 Report Cards available on ParentVue

1/16- MLK Jr. Day - No School - Offices Closed

2/17- Professional Day - No School for students

2/20- President's Day - No School - Offices Closed


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